Good news in the open source community. The main OpenOffice developers and supporters have left the official OpenOffice project to start the Document Foundation. As Ars Technica explains,
Their goal is to liberate the project from Oracle's control and create a more inclusive and participatory ecosystem around the software.
Unless Oracle agrees to release the openoffice.org domain name, new releases will go under the name of LibreOffice.
Why is this good news? In the past, Sun Microsystems (and now Oracle) had maintained rather tight control on the project, blocking some contributions from other derivative project because of their focus on maintaining their priority version, StarOffice. As explained in their FAQ, the Document Foundation is already working to bring in other contributions, thus less forks in the project and better improvements for users:
We want The Document Foundation to be open to code contributions from as many people as possible. We are delighted to announce that the enhancements produced by the Go-OOo team will be merged into LibreOffice, effective immediately. We hope that others will follow suit.
I'm downloading the beta release of LibreOffice now as I write this. Time to give it a whirl.